Infection Lapses Rampant in Nursing Homes

Freedom from abuse and neglect —You have the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, involuntary seclusion, and misappropriation of your property by anyone. This includes, but isn’t limited to: SNF staff, other residents, consultants, volunteers, staff from other agencies, family members or legal guardians, friends, or other individuals.

But Punishment Is Rare

Basic steps to prevent infections — such as washing hands, isolating contagious patients and keeping ill nurses and aides from coming to work — are routinely ignored in the nation’s nursing homes, endangering residents and spreading hazardous germs…Continue Reading Here

In McDonald’s and Burger King I often (not always) see a sign indicating that the employees are reminded to wash their hands by a sign posted in the restroom.  Children’s elementary schools are covered with hand sanitizer and I’ve noticed in the high school not only is there a LARGE bottle of hand sanitizer but also an inexpensive bottle of lotion/moisturizer (you know they are two different products??) next to each other.

Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation is an affiliate of National Health Care Associates, a leader in short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing care services throughout the Northeast. National Health Care’s signature “Passport Rehabilitation” program was specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals requiring a short-term rehabilitative stay following a surgical procedure or an acute medical episode. While on your short-term “trip” with us, please take full advantage of the amenities and services our center offers.

 What our patients and their families are saying

“I would give you 5 Stars!!! My 95+ year young Mom has considered Sands Point Center her home for many years now. She has made many friends there of both residents and staff. The highly competent staff treats my Mom with dignity, and is welcoming and appreciative of family input. We could not have made a better choice for her ongoing care.”

Now I’m wondering where is the Ludlow Center for Health and Rehabilitation information for Bridgeport, CT?  So I click on “Locations – Connecticut” and this is what I see:

Ludlow is an affiliate of National Health Care Associates, a leader in short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing care services throughout the Northeast. National Health Care’s signature “Passport Rehabilitation” program was specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals requiring a short-term rehabilitative stay following a surgical procedure or an acute medical episode. While on your short-term “trip” with us, please take full advantage of the amenities and services our center offers.

What’s SNF care?

Skilled care is health care given when you need skilled nursing or therapy staff to treat, manage, observe, and evaluate your care.  Examples of SNF care include intravenous injections and physical therapy. Care that can be given by non‑professional staff isn’t considered skilled care. People don’t usually stay in a SNF until they’re completely recovered because Medicare only covers certain SNF care services that are needed daily on a short ‑term basis (up to 100 days).

What Are Some of Your Rights?

Freedom from abuse and neglect —You have the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, involuntary seclusion, and misappropriation of your property by anyone. This includes, but isn’t limited to: SNF staff, other residents, consultants, volunteers, staff from other agencies, family members or legal guardians, friends, or other individuals.

If you feel you’ve been abused or neglected (your needs were not met), report this to the SNF, your family, your local Long Term Care Ombudsman, or your State Survey Agency. It may be appropriate to report the incident of abuse to local law enforcement or the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (their phone number should be posted in the SNF.)

Occupational Therapy —Treatment that helps you return to your usual activities (like bathing, preparing meals, and housekeeping) after illness.

Medicare doesn’t cover custodial care if it’s the only kind of care you need. Custodial care is care that helps you with usual daily activities like getting in and out of bed, eating, bathing, dressing, and using the bathroom. It may also include care that most people do themselves, like using eye drops, oxygen, and taking care of colostomy or bladder catheters.

Then I looked to my right and I see this post from the staff who may or may not be giving the patients a bath daily.

Question:  If a patient of a healthy size is in a SNF and is required to perform physical activities after a fall – wouldn’t it be necessary to allow –  if not give that patient a bath/shower daily?

Happy Holidays!!

 

 

 

 

Source: Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facilities
Ludlow Rehab

 

Novel financing plan infuses $11.2 million to treat drug-addicted Connecticut parents

PFS is “helping to set a new bar for solving the nation’s complex challenges of drug addiction in Connecticut.

As a concerned citizen I’m #Concerned to know if the money allocated for this project could have been better spent on providing mental health and rehabilitation services to prison inmates upon release.  Think on this: No matter how much money a community spends on providing rehabilitation services for either individuals or families as a unit – it is ultimately up to the individual to want to make a change in their lives and then seek help.

Drug Violation Arrests in Connecticut, 2001-2005I’m #Concerned if there was a ratio analysis conducted on the number of individuals that have had repeat rehabilitation services is equivalent to the number of repeat offenders (i.e. recidivism).

Note:  Rehabilitation after incarceration works,  see the lives of Mayor Ganim of Bridgeport, CT and Governor Rowland of New Haven, CT.

Secondly with $11.2 allocated of philanthropic means why was an established program in Stamford Connecticut (and other surrounding areas, Greenwich, Norwalk and Bridgeport) known as The Liberation House not provided one red cent in grant money.  This may be apples and oranges, but nonetheless this program has always assisted both individuals and families in spite of the local medical and mental health services that should have been provided by Optimus were being rejected because of the inability to manage the influx of clients (someone who is currently receiving services).  Optimus would deny care if the individual was referred from Liberation House.

PFS is “helping to set a new bar for solving the nation’s complex challenges,” said Rafael López, commissioner for the U.S. Administration on Children, Youth and Families, on Wednesday

MIDDLETOWN –  With a fresh infusion of $11.2 million in philanthropic and private capital via a new financing framework, Family Based Recovery Services can reach up to 500 Connecticut families over a five-year-period.

Sources:

Novel financing plan infuses $11.2 million to treat drug-addicted Connecticut parents

National Substance Abuse Index

New York Times Ganim

New York Times Govenor Rowland

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